Downhill Racer (1969) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Director Michael Ritchie's debut film is a tense and taut look at the world of Olympic skiing. Robert Redford is the hero, a handsome loner from Idaho Springs, Colorado, bent on making it to the top of the heap. As the pressure and tension build, Redford handles himself well, learning in the process how fleeting and lonely fame can be. Redford is well cast as the all-American boy chasing his dream, and Gene Hackman is excellent as the tough and demanding American ski coach.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:41:45 | 7.67 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 1 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Sport

Director: Michael Ritchie
Cast: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Karl Michael Vogler, Jim McMullan, Kathleen Crowley, Dabney Coleman
Country: USA

• New video interviews with Robert Redford, screenwriter James Salter (33:45), film editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as a technical adviser, ski double, and cameraman (29:48)
• Audio excerpts from a 1977 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie
• How Fast?, a rare 12-minute promotional featurette
• Theatrical trailer

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